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The Late Show : The Renee Ballard Series : Book 1 - Michael CONNELLY

The Late Show

The Renee Ballard Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 11th September 2019
ISBN: 9781760630782
Number Of Pages: 448

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A pulse-pounding thriller, introducing a driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Includes an extract of Two Kinds of Truth, the new Harry Bosch novel to be published in November 2017.

Los Angeles can be a dangerous city - never more so than in the dead of night.

Renee Ballard works the night shift at the LAPD in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

As the cases entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job - no matter what the department throws at her.

Review by Sarah McDuling

Michael Connelly introduces a brand new character in his latest book, The Late Show, and she is my new favourite fictional person!

Meet Renée Ballard – a hardboiled LAPD detective working nights in Hollywood. She was assigned to “The Late Show” (working from 11pm – 7am every night) after filing a sexual harassment case against the head of the homicide division. Betrayed by a former partner, she has been effectively banished and put in a position where she can never pursue a case. Instead, all her cases must be turned over to the day shift detectives in the morning.

However, on one particular night, Renee gets three separate cases and finds she cannot bring herself to turn them over. A case of credit card fraud, an assault against a transgender woman, and a fatal shooting spree. Renne can’t let go of these cases and so starts working both day and night, investigating them during her own time.

Renee is smart, tough, strong-willed, relentless and resilient. She’s something of a misfit, a rule-breaker in the name of justice, and a bit of a lone wolf. In fact, she is a lot like Bosch! They share quite a few characteristics. Despite this, however, Renee is more than just a “female Bosch”. She is a complex and nuanced character in her own right. She has her own compelling backstory and must face obstacles that Bosch has never had to deal with.

Michael Connelly is a master storyteller and The Late Show is exactly the kind of deftly plotted, expertly paced, utterly gripping novel that I’ve come to expect from this bestselling author. He literally cannot write a bad book, and this one is especially good. I’m totally hooked and am already looking forward to the next Ballard book!

Perfect for Bosch fans and anyone looking for a thoroughly riveting read.

ISBN: 9781760630782
ISBN-10: 1760630780
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 11th September 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.55

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Michael Connelly

About the Author

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 18 more novels. Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy).

Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael was one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000. Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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